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Shaping Organs: Shared Structural Principles Across Kingdoms


Development encapsulates the morphogenesis of an organism from a single fertilized cell to a functional adult. A critical part of development is the specification of organ forms. Beyond the molecular control of morphogenesis, shape in essence entails structural constraints and thus mechanics. Revisiting recent results in biophysics and development, and comparing animal and plant model systems, we derive key overarching principles behind the formation of organs across kingdoms. In particular, we highlight how growing organs are active rather than passive systems and how such behavior plays a role in shaping the organ. We discuss the importance of considering different scales in understanding how organs form. Such an integrative view of organ development generates new questions while calling for more cross-fertilization between scientific fields and model system communities.
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hal-03301356 , version 1 (27-07-2021)



T.E. Saunders, Olivier Hamant. Shaping Organs: Shared Structural Principles Across Kingdoms. Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology, 36 (1), pp.385-410, 2020, ⟨10.1146/annurev-cellbio-012820-103850⟩. ⟨hal-03301356⟩
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